Camera Flash Reboots Particle Photon

I was taking photos of the Photon to use show it to a friend and when I did this my Photon rebooted. I assume this happens because a component on the Photon is just a bare die. I have done this several times to make sure it wasn’t a one time thing. I wonder what component is causing this to happen.

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what :slight_smile: ?

This is a thing, particularly with wafer scale packaging (known in the industry as “chip on sh*t”).

Here are some links:

http://hackaday.com/2016/05/05/dont-take-photos-of-your-arduino-101-either-its-light-sensitive/

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/xenon-death-flash-a-free-physics-lesson/

Can I refer to it as the “Xenon Reboot” since I discovered this bug/flaw on the Photon?

I figured the metal can over the processor would stop the flash from doing this.

http://memesvault.com/wp-content/uploads/Nope-Meme-03.jpg

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I don’t really see it as a big deal considering it’s easy to cover the top of the boards and normally they are tucked away inside something anyways.